Open for Business
Democrat Photo by Ilana Dubrovsky
THESE YOUNGSTERS HELPED (from left to right) James Law, Vice President of Business Retention at the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Steve Levine, Town of Fallsburg Supervisor, Alexandra Lalieu, Martial Arts Instructor, and Sullivan County Legislady Leni Binder with Saturdays ribbon cutting ceremony at Upstate Karate.
New Karate School
By Ilana Dubrovsky
MOUNTAINDALE June 8, 2004 Experience the POWER within you!, which is highlighted on Upstate Karates brochure, captures the true essence of this new martial arts school.
Upstate Karate, located at 81 Main Street in Mountaindale, opened on June 5. The school provides self-defense skills to children and adults.
The fundraising ribbon cutting event included a karate demonstration led by the martial arts instructor, Alexandra Lalieu. The students were quite obedient. When requested by Lalieu to perform a move, the students collectively yelled Yes maam!
Following the demonstration, a childrens safety and awareness prevention presentation was conducted by a Town of Fallsburg D.A.R.E. (Drug Alcohol Resistance Education) officer.
All profits raised by the event went to the Town of Fallsburg D.A.R.E. program to encourage safe lifestyles.
As a community service, Lalieu gave a free self-defense clinic for children and adults to get a feel for the martial arts first-hand.
Owners Ken and Barbara Schmitt feel that this martial arts school is a positive addition to the community.
This school is positive for any person in their personal situation, Ken Schmitt said.
He added that Mountaindale is the perfect setting for a new karate school, since it is the center of the area.
Lalieu is well qualified for the position as Upstate Karates prime instructor.
Her knowledge of the venue is very good, Ken Schmitt said. She is well-known throughout the community.
Lalieu has been involved in the martial arts since she was 18 years old and is a lifelong resident of the area said Barbara Schmitt.
Lalieu believes that self-defense is a very important skill for a person to have.
Do not fear anyone, said Lalieu during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Upstate Karate will be open everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays. Classes range in skill level from beginner to advanced. Testing is held the second Sunday of each month.
For more information about Upstate Karate, contact the school at 434-0500.